2019 Discovery Prize Winners

At the 2019 Commencement, USC recognizes 84 Discovery Scholars. USC Discovery Scholars are students who have produced exceptional original scholarship or creative work at USC while compiling a distinguished overall academic record, including no less than a 3.5 overall grade point average. Of this group, 33 scholars were nominated as prize finalists and ten have been selected to receive a $10,000 prize towards graduate study.


Hannah Adams

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
A research paper entitled “Natural and Toxic Heavy Metals in Sediments of Galveston Bay, Texas Following Hurricane Harvey”

Avni Barman

Iovine and Young Academy
A nonprofit venture entitled “She Leads”

Esther Ho

School of Architecture
An architectural project proposal entitled “Barcode House”

Samantha McVety

Viterbi School of Engineering
A research paper entitled “Solar Enhanced Membrane Distillation for Low-Cost Advanced Water Treatment”

Eva Molina

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
A thesis entitled “The Enlightened Earth: Gender, Ethics, and Atomic Science at Los Alamos, 1942-5”

Ryland Mortlock

Viterbi School of Engineering
A research paper entitled “Computational Model to Predict the Signaling Pathways that Mediate Beta Cell Regeneration”

Logan Nelson

Thornton School of Music
A portfolio entitled “Scoring the Gap: Experimental Film Music”

Carina Seah

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
A research paper entitled “In vivo modeling of C9ORF72 ALS identifies multiple preclinical therapeutic strategies”

Martin Tran

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
A first-author publication entitled “Fast and Efficient Expression of Multiple Proteins in Avian Embryos using mRNA Electroporation”

Griffin Williams

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
A thesis entitled “Marching to What End?: The Death Marches and the Final Solution”

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